Paul Summerville • avril 15, 2016

What I’m listening to. 

Mozart - Symphony in F Major "No. 43", K.76 (42a): II. Andante

Can these habits be turned to saving and investing?

New York Times -- The Minecraft Generation

How a clunky Swedish computer game is teaching millions of children to master the digital world.

Talking about immigration.

Paul Summerville • mars 14, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Toccata per Spinettina e Violino

A long time brewing.

Project Syndicate -- The Politics of Anger

Perhaps the only surprising thing about the populist backlash that has overwhelmed the politics of many advanced democracies is that it has taken so long. 

Trump’s import.

Paul Summerville • septembre 28, 2014

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. 

New York Times -- How to Stop Time

Paul Summerville • décembre 22, 2012

Commentary on John Boehner’s GOP fracture, the Economist’s 9 charts, a burst of cartooning creativity, final book in Manchester’s Churchill trilogy, why city dwellers overestimate the amount of time it takes to walk somewhere, the end of the two state solution, Mayor Bloomberg on managing guns, and a fiscal cliff bump for Canada.

“B” didn’t stand for brilliant but ‘busted’.

Paul Summerville • décembre 3, 2012

Commentary on how to think about a carbon tax, what US stocks did best in 2012, dysfunctional governance, cyber wars, the commodity conundrum, and Canada’s splendid isolation.

Paying for how we live.

New Yorker -- Paying for It
It’s been almost a century since the British economist Arthur Pigou floated the idea that turned his name into an adjective.

Quote worth noting.

Paul Summerville • novembre 28, 2012

Commentary on how America’s tax and spend system does not increase equality, the death of the Twinkie, the case for Palestine statehood, Mrs. Minister please, Mr. Do Good, and merging the Atlantic provinces.

Progressive but niggardly.

Paul Summerville • mai 4, 2012

Commentary on need for France to change direction, the myth of America’s accidental empire, Europe’s confidence deficit, the gap between productivity and compensation, and the two-state solution is dead.

What cannot continue cannot.

Financial Times -- Stop fretting about a French revolution
France’s presidential election has offered a glimpse of Europe in revolutionary mood.

Paul Summerville • février 1, 2012

Commentary on the Chinese energy connection, the many versions of capitalism, Mitt debating himself, the best and the rest, how occupation became legal, and scientology.

The background behind the Prime Minister’s trip to China next week. Thanks to Evan of Victoria.

Paul Summerville • janvier 29, 2012

Commentary on American foreign policy, will Israel attack Iran, thinking about RIM, the hurt in John Hurt’s face, and the fairness question in Canada.

Realism’s oracle, John J. Mearsheimer. (ed’s note – gee, I wonder what that would mean for Canada to have a strategic energy relationship with China).

Paul Summerville • septembre 24, 2011

Articles on the real cause of the Eurozone crisis, Latin lessons, the shame of Euro loudmouths, global signposts, how partition has kept the peace in Cyprus, Irish pensioner died of spontaneous human combustion, China slows, oil drops below $80, lessons not learned, Canada in the crosshairs, and the people who would be king.

It’s systemic stupid. (ed’s note – this is a very important article for those wishing to understand the Eurozone crisis).

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Twin Virtues: Inequality of Outcomes & Equality of Opportunity©

Twin Virtues

Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.

The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.

When too few get too much everybody loses.

Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshalling the resources of the society to make that possible, and men embracing this as vital to a successful society and their own liberation.

Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society that are unintended but wonderful?

Economics must be a 'moral enterprise' as much as politics claims to be. Economic outcomes need to be framed in terms of right and wrong not just efficiency if only because these often align in surprising ways that are good for society and the economy.

My vision of Canada is that any Canadian child from a family of limited circumstance can expect to have a chance at lifetime of unlimited opportunities.

Free trade is a wonderful thing. Time and time again economists have proven that free trade creates enormous wealth for each country 'on the whole'. Historians have shown that free trade is usually associated with rising political, social and cultural liberty. The perennial problem is that free trade always creates tremendous disruption for thousands even millions of individuals often concentrated in one geography, and where the state is idle, not investing in best in class instruments of social justice, free trade can be a permanent ticket out of the middle class, down, not up.

Tax policy should be founded on the principle of generating steady tax revenues sufficient to maximise environmentally sustainable economic growth in order to fund fair government.

Public policy should be designed to decrease inequality before the law and increase equality of opportunity.

Capitalism is not the problem; the problem is what we do with capitalism.

Content is always more difficult to argue than conspiracy.

Let the state regulate and the market operate (most things).

Welfare strategies are best designed as a hand up, not as a hand out.

Political debate should not be fact free fighting.

Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.

Always favour empowerment over dependency.

The most enduring public figures are embraced for the causes they fought for and not the concept of themselves they hoped others would remember them by.

Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else.

It is possible to operate on two different levels: the practical, cautious and conservative; and the realm of ideas, open, free, and radical.